While there is good news tricking in on the COVID-19 vaccine front, top health experts in India say there has been a significant drop in coronavirus appropriate behaviour because of COVID-19 fatigue.
Shashank Joshi, member of COVID-19 task force in Maharashtra spoke to CNBC-TV18 about the rising cases and the way forward.
On trends in Maharashtra Joshi said, “Mumbai has been quite reasonable, though Mumbai has doubled up the number of cases in the last three days compared to the Diwali times. Maharashtra definitely had a dip from 4,000 to 2,000 during Diwali has sprung up to 5,000 again so obviously we can’t let our guard down very quickly.”
He further added, “Next two-four week will be crucial, and we are in no frame of mind or in position to have lockdown. We might need to do so micro containment strategies wherever there are hotspots. It is a preparatory phase and we are very cautious, watchful and vigilant.”
On testing in Maharashtra Joshi said, “Testing has definitely ramped up. During Diwali time the testing was only 3,000-4,000, it has gone to 17,000 to 18,000 and a test positivity rate has come down from around 9 percent to somewhere around 5-6 percent which is petty robust. Our target is to get test positivity rate of the city below 5 percent.”
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